Sunday, November 30, 2014

Perspective for my Computer Security students.
Home Depot SEC Filing – Pretax Breach Cost $43 million
eSecurity Planet – “In a recent SEC filing, Home Depot stated that a recent data breach that exposed 56 million credit cards and 53 million email addresses cost the company $43 million in the third quarter of 2014 alone. Specifically, Home Depot says it “recorded $43 million of pretax expenses related to the data breach, partially offset by a $15 million receivable for costs the company believes are reimbursable and probable of recovery under its insurance coverage, for pretax net expenses of $28 million.” Those expenses, according to the filing, included “costs to investigate the data breach; provide identity protection services, including credit monitoring, to impacted customers; increase call center staffing; and pay legal and other professional services.”

For my Ethical Hackers who drive to school each day in a new car and my Computer Security students who wonder how they do it.
Can Hackers REALLY Take Over Your Car?
Zubie is a small box that plugs into the On-Board Diagnostics (ODBII) port found in most modern cars. It allows users to find out how well they’re driving, and offers tips for extending their mileage with sensible, economical driving. And until recently, Zubie contained a serious lapse in security that could leave users vulnerable to having their car remotely hijacked. [Imagine the fun if those insurance company plug-ins had this vulnerability. Bob]

“I means what I sez and I sez what I means.” Popeye?
“I swear I'll kill you, I'll kill you a million times.” Milton Berle
Online speech case heads to high court
The Supreme Court is preparing to weigh in on a landmark free speech case that raises crucial questions about the First Amendment in the age of the Internet.
The high court next week will sit down to decide whether or not police need to prove that people posting threats online actually intend to carry them out.
Free speech groups warned ahead of Monday morning’s arguments that a ruling in favor of the government “runs the risk of punishing protected First Amendment expression simply because it is crudely or zealously expressed.”
“As more and more speech moves onto the Internet, [What actually changes? (besides the size of the audience) Bob] the constitutional protections afforded to online speech will increasingly determine the actual scope of First Amendment freedoms enjoyed by our society,” the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Democracy and Technology and other organizations warned in a friend-of-the-court brief.
… The Constitution protects virtually all forms of speech, but has an exception for “true threats” such as a bomb threat or murder plot, which are punishable under the law. While the court has defined what counts as a true threat in many ways, there are still some lingering questions that could be increasingly important as more and more communications move onto the Internet.
… “Requiring proof of a subjective intent to threaten would undermine one of the central purposes of prohibiting threats,” the Obama administration argued in a brief presented to the court.

Tools & Techniques for my students and fellow teachers.
11 Free Mind Mapping Tools Compared In One Chart
That chart is embedded below as a PDF. A Google Docs copy can be found here.

For all my students.
How To Build The Perfect LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn can serve as an awesome way to make yourself stand out. It could be the ticket to landing your dream job.
Of course, a perfect profile isn’t going to happen automatically. You need to know how to build your profile. You need to know how to give the right amount of information, and how to sell yourself. Sound complicated? Don’t worry, this infographic will break down everything you need to know!

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